Despite the fact that this web series started as a blog, I’ve always found sharing the things I write with the world to be a very challenging process. A blog is relatively anonymous. Having your work produced is not.
I’ll admit that this took some getting used to. Every time we would send out the scripts to agents or manager during the casting process, I would hold my breath. Confidence is not my strongest suit, and I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone who would describe me as an aggressive pursuer of anything. So, imagine the trepidation involved in not only asking professionals to embody your characters, but having a lot of people, all of sudden, read your work.
But that’s how this process started. I sent my work out into the world and hoped for a positive response from actors I personally admire. Yes, as luck would have it, the female actors had read my work before, but Dating in LA and Other Urban Myths is a very different animal from the monologue pieces from the book (My Letter to Fear). Would they find the parts challenging, funny, engaging? Would their managers? I couldn’t be sure. The fact that I actually got such a positive response is something that still surprises (and delights) me.
From time to time during production of the pilot presentation people would ask me what it was like to see my words come alive. Honestly, it was a difficult question to answer. Because I was so heavily involved in the production, there really was not time to just enjoy watching it happen. Still, there were moments, particularly when all the leads (Lesley Fera, Jen Lilley, Tamara Taylor, and Kristoffer Polaha) were together to shoot a BBQ scene when it hit me— I created these characters on a piece of paper on a beach, and now here they are. I felt like Kate really was spending the afternoon with Penelope, Chloe, Sadie and Alex.
That part of the experience was thrilling. And while I love the characters I created on paper, each of those actors is so enormously talented that the characters became so much more than I ever could have dreamed because of the collaboration with them.
I find humor (and drama) in honesty. I don’t want a character to be the perfect smart-ass, or the one with all the answers (or the character with all the punchlines). I think people find Dating in LA and Other Urban Myths to be funny because they can feel the truth of the situations. They recognize those people in the sizzle reel (which you can see here: https://vimeo.com/77469627) and their reactions as being real and honest.
I’m excited about the future prospects, and about the possibility of getting back to filming. Ten episodes are written. I can’t wait for the opportunity to bring them to you. Fingers crossed!
So our sizzle reel has been made public, which means it has also been sent to some potential sponsors/advertisers for the full first season. The full pilot presentation is still in post (final sound mix, then onto color correction) but will be available to those financiers soon, should they request to see more from our team. Before the holidays, Patricia and I will also be sitting down to cut together the always-talked about bonus features, included gag reels per actor and the full speed dating improv scenes. But just because a good chunk of our work is done doesn’t mean we can just sit back and watch the praise and checks roll in. In many ways, the hardest part of our job is about to begin.
Now is the time when we have to do a little— oh who am I kidding, a lot of grassroots and guerrilla marketing. These days, that mostly means being active on social media and sharing, sharing, sharing the crap out of what we already do have to show. While we risk being repetitive, we have to be sure to constantly get our numbers up and to build our audience and our reach. It’s not a glamorous part of the job, nor is it particularly exciting to write about in these blogs, but it is a lot of fun because of the interaction it allows us.
So over the next few days keep a keen eye to this page, as well as our official production Twitter account because we are looking for some focus group participants; we’ll be partaking in some Q&As; and we will be sharing those special bonus features as we complete them.
So you know our stars Lesley Fera, Jen Lilley, and Tamara Taylor are all on TV projects, but what is our male lead Kris Polaha up to these days? Well, he just joined Twitter (finally!) and there he is sharing news and photos from his latest independent film.
Polaha has teamed back up with friend and former collaborator Chris Dowling (“The Plight of Clownana”) for a project in which he (Polaha) plays a singer father and ex-pro athlete Calvin who is currently drinking himself to death while his daughter (Hart of Dixie's McKaley Miller) witnesses his self destruction. He meets a young man with Down's syndrome (David DeSanctis) who, with an infectious joy for living, renews Calvin's hope in life.
Polaha’s former North Shore co-star Brooke Burns and former Life Unexpected co-star Kerr Smith also star.
(c) Kris Polaha 2013 for the photo and project summary
Our sizzle reel is finally live! Check out Kate (Patricia Steffy), aided by her friends, entering the cesspool that is dating in Los Angeles. Who will she encounter? How will it go? Is she even ready? Comedy (and feels) ensue…
Our Jen Lilley guest starred on CBS’ The Crazy Ones tonight as a somewhat unlucky in love young woman (hmm…that sounds familiar!) who was making her way through the hot eligible men of that ad agency. Her character’s name was Claire and here’s hoping she shows up again!
Did you happen to catch our very own Patricia Steffy on Monday’s Castle?
She’s really making the rounds!
Check out one of our speed daters, Austen Jaye, on ABC’s new family comedy Back in the Game!
Jaye guest stars as a man Terry (Maggie Lawson) encounters during a “wild girl’s night out.” His episode airs on ABC on October 16 2013 at 8:30 p.m.
Our very own Patricia Steffy was featured on Parks and Recreation tonight! We hope you watched! It was a great start to what is sure to be another hilarious and heartfelt season.
Dating in L.A. and Other Urban Myths- Bonus featurette: Our fabulous cast and characters offer Kate some dating advice!
Some of the advice may be as comical as the dates Kate will embark on themselves, but some of it is tried, true, and universal— no matter what age you are, what city you live in, or what kind of relationship you’re looking for.